Company : G Adventures
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 1500 to 1500 £ Pound (UK)
Take the train across the country like a local, search for the Big Five in Kruger and Hwange national parks, savour a local meal with a family & walk with rhinos in Matobo National Park.
Day 1 Cape Town
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Cape Town
Enjoy a full day in Cape Town with options to visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, exploring Cape Point or embarking on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. In the evening, experience an authentic meal in a local home in a nearby township.
Day 3 Shosholoza Meyl Train
Board the Shosholoza Meyl train at Cape Town station. Enjoy the day with your travel companions playing cards, meeting the locals and checking out the dining car. Drift to sleep to the rhythm of the train. Wake up and opt for a tasty breakfast on board.
Day 4 Johannesburg
Scheduled arrival into Johannesburg is noon. Meet the transfer and local guide and head for a visit to Soweto township. Enjoy a 3-hour bicycle tour around the area.
Days 5-6 Greater Kruger Area/Shalati village
Take the Panorama Route into the Kruger National Park area. Visit the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool before an afternoon game drive in Kruger NP (own vehicle). Keep an eye out for elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo—Africa's famed Big Five. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dance experience in Shalati.
Day 7 Kruger National Park
Start early for a long day driving straight up the middle of Kruger National Park. While transferring to the northern part of the park there will be ample opportunity to spot animals from the van.
Day 8 Great Zimbabwe National Monument area
Head for the Zimbabwe border and continue on to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument area. Journey through changing landscapes and enjoy the sunset over Lake Mutirikwe.
Days 9-10 Matobo National Park
Start the day with a visit to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Africa's most significant ruins site south of Cairo. Learn the history of the ruins and climb to the citadel for a view over the site. Continue on to Matobo National Park. On Day 10, enjoy an included rhino walk, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with this endangered species. In the afternoon, opt to explore ancient cave paintings, visit the grave of Rhodes, hike the unique and stunning landscape or hang out by the pool.
Day 11 Hwange National Park
Travel to Hwange National Park for one last opportunity to spot wildlife. Enjoy a game drive in the park in our touring vehicle.
Day 12 Hwange NP/Victoria Falls/Livingstone
Opt for more game viewing in the morning before continuing on to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Enjoy the spectacular falls before crossing the border to Livingstone, Zambia.
Day 13 Livingstone
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience everything Livingstone and the Zambezi area has to offer.
This was my first G adventures tour and I can honestly say it was amazing and I can’t wait to do another! It was a classic tour not 18-35 like I have done with other companies and I feel like that made it so much better. We were a small tight knit group who got on very well. There were other people there my age and we all got on really well with our tour guide who actually wanted to hang out with us and not just disappear after he’d done his duties for the day.
I felt safe even in a country with a reputation for being unsafe (South Africa). Any preconceptions I may have had about Zimbabwe where completely blown away when I got to see how gorgeous and green it is and how friendly the locals are! Our tour guide was South African and knew exactly where to go and what to see and seemed to know ALL of the history of everywhere we went! I would highly recommend this trip!